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Red Sox sign Pierzynski
The Red Sox seem to have moved on from Jarrod Saltalamacchia, as they've signed A.J. Pierzynski to be their new catcher. Pierzynski may be something of a stopgap, as the Red Sox have a few catching prospects on the verge of making it to the majors, but if his numbers from last year are any indication, he's a definite offensive downgrade from Saltalamacchia. The Red Sox seem to be willing to deal with that, however, over signing Saltalamacchia to a likely three-year deal.
Red Sox's offseason questions
Beards have been shaved, duck boats have been put away, and the long offseason has begun for the world champion Boston Red Sox. The team extended qualifying offers to three key players today -- Jacoby Ellsbury, Stephen Drew and Mike Napoli. Ellsbury is likely to test the free-agent market, but Drew and Napoli seem far more likely to return after turning in unexpectedly solid seasons. The team also has to decide what to do at catcher -- they did not extend Jarrod Saltalamacchia a qualifying offer and could go for free agent Brian McCann to take up duties behind the plate.